BMW crashes from top deck of mall parking garage www.privateofficer.com
MISSION VALLEY CA Aug 6 2012 — A BMW crashed over the edge of a third-story parking structure at Fashion Valley, injuring a passenger when it landed on its roof onto two parked cars Saturday.
The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. near Cheesecake Factory and Nordstrom.
Police Officer Frank Cali said the driver of a silver BMW X5 was trying to back out of the space when another driver was passing by. The man pulled back into the space to let the car pass. On a second attempt to exit the space, another driver approached and honked the horn. When pulling back into the space, the man accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, causing the SUV to plunge over the side of the structure, police said.
The SUV teetered for a bit before it flipped, landing on its roof on the front end of a Kia Sorrento and the back end of a Mercedes Benz sedan, shattering the glass on both vehicles.
The driver, who appeared to be in his 70s, was able to get out of the BMW on his own, police and witnesses said. His girlfriend, who was a passenger, was trapped in the wreckage. Witnesses did not want to further injure her and waited for paramedics to extricate her, said Chad Robley, who saw the crash and stopped to help.
She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, said San Diego police accident investigator Mike Gottfried. The driver did not require hospitalization. No one on the ground was hurt.
The Kia and the Mercedes were parked illegally, police said.
One ground-level entrance to the parking garage was closed by mall officials, but all three levels of the parking garage remained open during the investigation.